Today’s leaden skies threw cold water on Homes With Hope’s 12th annual Castles in the Sand fundraiser.
Only a few of the 34 registered groups braved the weather to create clever, intricate sand sculptures (and raise money for one of Westport’s most impressive organizations).
Organizers extended the event another day. Tomorrow’s forecast is slightly better than today: partly cloudy.
Out in force today was Builders Beyond Borders. This year’s service trip was to Guyana, so their sculpture incorporated that country’s flag, and its famed Kaieteur Falls (it actually works — see it below, right in the middle?).
Meanwhile, Emily Harris and Grace Olsen made a comfy sofa out of sand (below). The cat — sitting on the left — is named (of course) Sandy.
What kind of sand is that?
There’s only one kind: Compo sand.
How come they truck it in?
Loved the article, Dan. Thanks for enjoying the great energy that everybody exhibited over this funny-weather weekend. Over the past 12 years, Gault has sponsored the sand for Castles. Each year we truck in 90 tons of “sushi-quality” sand so people can come up with the intricate designs which would be impossible using our slightly less-than-average Westport sand (dare I say it?!). I think it is cool that over the past 12 years that we have put on Castles, we have delivered 1000 tons of sand to Compo (Coals to Newcastle?!), which is its own gift to Compo. Thanks for the question and thanks to Westport for the support of a really feel-good weekend! Jeff Wieser, President, Homes with Hope